Some South Carolina lawmakers said they were shocked about revelations in Uncovered report that exposed questionable spending and bidding practices as the S.C. Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe.
Two executives with Chester County Natural Gas Authority used the agency they run to buy tons of dirt and crushed rock for themselves, an Uncovered follow-up investigation found.
The college was founded in 1770, though its first class didn't begin for nearly two decades. But once young men and later women matriculated the school, they certainly left their marks in their respective fields.
South Carolina's new Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe has a checkered past. As new leaders try to resurrect the school, a new crop of allegations of cronyism and ethical conflicts threatens to slow the school's progress.
In a small city struggling to pay its bills, a former Chester city councilman collected nearly $10,000 and took taxpayer-funded trips during the 21 months he was suspended from office for being a convicted felon, raising fresh questions about how South Carolina vets candidates for public office.
On Feb. 14, we asked readers to consider supporting our watchdog and public service reporting by donating to our tax-deductible Investigative Reporting Fund. We set what we thought was an ambitious goal: raising $100,000 in 100 days. In just 28 days, we’ve raised $184,596.27.
A string of questionable conduct and excess at a Greenville fire district cost taxpayers thousands and wrecked morale. Almost none of it has come to light.
Board members of the Clinton Newberry Natural Gas Authority will publicly disclose discounts and rebates for appliances they received, a move made after The Post and Courier’s “Uncovered” project showed they failed disclose these benefits as required under South Carolina ethics laws.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and at least four lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny and fewer ethics loopholes for the state's many special purpose districts in the wake of a Post and Courier report that painted a portrait of free-spending agencies with little oversight.
The Post and Courier's Uncovered investigation found the state's five public natural gas authorities are a portrait of excess. Boards and staff lavish themselves with luxury retreats, describing them as team-building events. They take place at beach resorts such as The Sanctuary on Kiawah and mountain resorts in Asheville, far from the prying eyes of ratepayers and reporters.
Instances of alleged and prosecuted corruption have flourished as South Carolina’s newspapers close and shrink, creating news desserts and ghost papers across the Palmetto State. Our latest yearlong project, “Uncovered,” aims to fill some of that void. Here is the reality of work like this: it is incredibly expensive.
With fewer eyes watching for abuse, corruption is flourishing in the rural corners of South Carolina as newspapers fold or shrink coverage amid a financially crippling pandemic.
Flying down zip lines. Tens of thousands of dollars in hotel bills at luxurious resorts. Thousands of dollars in Clemson football tickets. These are some of the perks South Carolina’s public servants lavished on themselves when nobody was watching.
Post and Courier projects reporter Tony Bartelme was awarded the 2021 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Award for his work in The Post and Courier's recent Rising Waters climate change project and stories about an endangered bird, the eastern black rail.
A new analysis for The Post and Courier’s Rising Waters project shows how the Charleston area’s unprecedented building boom has made us more vulnerable amid the accelerating forces of climate change. The study shows that a fast-growing Charleston has lost 5 percent of its tree canopy, and that faster-growing Mount Pleasant lost 22 percent of its tree cover.
The forces affecting our climate are enormous, and the rapid changes taking place can be overwhelming. So we decided to distill some of these issues into “Flood Woman vs. Climate Doom.” It’s a comic book format, so exaggeration is part of it all. But the underlying message is accurate: Because we’ve released so much CO2, we’ve unleashed massive changes in the climate.
In two hours, more than 3 inches fell by Charleston's medical district. At one point, it fell at a rate of 5.5 inches per hour. More than 3 inches fell on Daniel Island.
Powerful rain storms hit the Lowcountry with flooding rains, filling streets, yards and parking lots with a murky soup that likely contains unsafe levels of bacteria and viruses.
A sunny day flood in Charleston on Monday is a reminder that climate change will make these events more common.
Without action, the eastern black rail could vanish within the next two generations. Here are ways conservationists say we can save the black rail, other birds — and maybe ourselves.
In the 1700s, planters chopped down the Lowcountry's great cypress forests and drained the swamps. Using hand tools, oxen and muscle, enslaved workers built hundreds of miles of rectangular dikes. They harnessed the tides, installing wooden gates called trunks, to flood fields behind those dikes.
For avid birders, the eastern black rail is the holy grail of bird sightings. Searching for this mysterious and threatened bird reveals a tale of mystery and obsession.
The Post and Courier received a Sigma Delta Chi award for its in-depth project "Our Secret Delta," which described the neglected history and vulnerability of the Santee Delta.
Six findings from The Post and Courier's investigations into police tactics help explain the tinder that has fueled South Carolina protests in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Set aside the notion of climate change. The climate has always changed. The real story is about speed. The pace of change. From rain bombs to higher sea levels, the impacts are coming faster. Wednesday's deluge in Charleston was yet another reminder how this affects our community in many ways.
The new coronavirus hit South Carolina like a hurricane this week, with cases rising at an exponential rate and state and public officials scrambling to find ways to contain an outbreak that had devastated so many other places far away. Amid the shift, we followed four people as they struggled adapt and to understand what was happening.
Amid looming climate threats, Charleston has taken few meaningful actions to reduce its own carbon footprint in recent years, a Post and Courier investigation found.
The Wedge, a deteriorating 1,500-acre plantation in the heart of the Santee Delta, has been taken off the market while its owner, the University of South Carolina, decides what to do with the historic property.
South Carolina has had a parade of sheriffs caught up in scandals in recent years. A Post and Courier investigation earlier this year found more misconduct. Published in March, “Above the Law,” showed that one in four of South Carolina's 46 counties in the past decade had seen their sheriffs accused of breaking laws they swore to uphold. By the end of 2019, three more sheriffs had been indicted and removed from office.
After a Post and Courier/ProPublica investigation, lawmakers are proposing the most sweeping changes to the magistrates system in two decades.
Behind walls of razor wire, concrete and steel, a black-market economy thrives in the shadows of South Carolina’s prisons, generating millions for the gangs who control the cell blocks and the flow of forbidden goods.
Vera officials chose Lee Correctional because it has a large percentage of young offenders serving long sentences. A similar pilot program has been in place for two years at Turbeville Correctional Institution, home to the state's youthful offender program, where inmates usually serve three years or less.
Magistrate Angel Underwood was reappointed to the bench, despite a suspension. Complaints say her ethical conflicts have only continued.
Former state Rep. Mike Pitts made anti-immigrant and racially charged remarks seemingly at odds with South Carolina’s judicial code. He sailed through an appointment process as a magistrate nominee with little scrutiny and no debate.
In the magistrate courts of South Carolina, citizens often must fend for themselves before judges lacking formal training in the law and whose errors can result in punishing consequences for defendants.
The Department of Energy plans to bury nuclear weapons material in New Mexico. Officials there say the department hasn't asked their opinion.
Diabetes and cancer scientists have made startling discoveries in recent years about advance glycation end products, also called AGEs. But hardly anyone outside academia knows about these revelations about AGEs.
Dogged by faulty assumptions and lacking political will, the federal government squandered billions of dollars and an opportunity to dispose of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear material by chasing a massive construction project in South Carolina that was doomed from the start.
The Santee Delta is one of South Carolina's most beautiful, isolated and historically important places. Yet it faces new threats amid rising seas and rain bombs. Political intrigue and power lines could change this place forever. Our Secret Delta takes a deep dive into this special place, exploring its history and characters, as well as things to see and do.
Charleston-area attorneys launch an unprecedented legal battle on behalf of 3,965 people who were injured or lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
South Carolina could be stuck with a massive stockpile of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear material for decades, despite a federal mandate and years of promises that the state wouldn’t become America’s plutonium dumping ground.
Federal and state agents swooped into the small town of Chester on Monday and carted away evidence from the Chester County Sheriff's Office, a surprise raid that suggests yet another South Carolina sheriff is under scrutiny.
South Carolina sheriffs dipped into public money to pay for luxury accommodations and broke laws they swore to uphold, a Post and Courier investigation found.
Bob DeVey will die of terminal cancer. He has chosen not to undergo radical surgery that might buy him a few extra months at the cost of his quality of life. Now he wants to make one final medical decision.
The federal government's failure to study risks of oil spills in the powerful Gulf Stream is "stunning" and "beyond foolish" given the stakes and current’s force, drilling opponents said this week.
Valuable heirs’ property — land that is passed down informally for generations — is slipping away from black families in South Carolina's Lowcountry amid development pressures and legal battles.
The project, Minimally Adequate, is the result of an eight-month investigation into South Carolina's troubled education system, which ranks among the nation's worst.